Poised for state ti­tle run

Lackey girls win sea­son’s first in­door meet; Wolver­ines, Rams, Ea­gles 2nd to 4th in boys

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­news.com

LANDOVER — For many of the run­ners com­pet­ing in the in­door track and field sea­son opener for the South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con- fer­ence at the Prince Ge­orge’s Sports and Learn­ing Com­plex in Landover on Fri­day evening, the long term goals evolved pri­mar­ily around out­door events in the spring.

Among the girls teams, Lackey dis­played no signs of any let­down from its out­door state ti­tle by ac­cu­mu­lat­ing 105 points to take first over­all, fol­lowed closely by Great Mills (92) with Leonard­town (63.5) edg- ing Hunt­ing­town (57) and North­ern (55) for third.

Among the boys, Hunt­ing­town (98.5) eas­ily cap­tured the ini­tial team ti­tle, while West­lake (62) edged McDonough (60) for the run­ner-up spot. North Point (51.5) nipped Great Mills (49) for fourth, while Patux- ent (42), Lackey (38) and La Plata (36) oc­cu­pied the next three spots at the meet.

Among the Lackey girls, speed and ex­peri- ence were on dis­play as se­nior Syd­ney Wil­liams eas­ily won the 55-me­ter hur­dles (8.48 sec­onds), while ju­nior team­mate Do­minique Jef­fery dis­played her speed and ver­sa­til­ity by tak­ing both the 55 (7.50) and 500 runs (1 minute 22.16 sec­onds). They were both part of the 800 re­lay that fin­ished sec­ond to a North­ern quar­tet.

Youth was served when the Pa­tri­ots girls 800 re­lay group of ju­niors Tif­fany Jack­son, Ash­lynne Raby, Kelsey Wil­cox and Alaina Te­selle com­bined to pre­vail in 1:55.67, roughly one-half sec­ond faster than the Charg­ers re­lay. Te­selle ex­celled as the Pa­tri­ots’ an­chor, shift­ing into over­drive on the fi­nal lap to en­able the North­ern squad to post the faster clock­ing of the

split event.

“I just wanted to take the ba­ton from Kelsey and just run fast,” said Te­selle, who also plays lacrosse for the school in the spring and plays lacrosse for a club team through­out the year. “We re­ally wanted to take first place in that event. My team­mates went out there and ran fast, so I knew it was up to me to fin­ish out strong. It’s ex­cit­ing to come in first know­ing Lackey is so good.”

In many of the dis­tance events for girls, it was a sea­soned vet­eran of the in­door, out­door and cross coun­try sea­sons who recorded a hat trick of sorts. Great Mills se­nior An­nie Imhof, who re­cently com- mit­ted to con­tinue her col­lege ca­reer at the U.S. Naval Academy in An­napo­lis, won the 800 (2:37.03) and 3,200 (11:33.61) and also part­nered with Hor- nets team­mates Shadana Roth­well, Anna Staats and younger sis­ter Emily Im- hof to cap­ture the 3,200 re­lay (10:33.79) by more than 21 sec­onds.

“Right now, com­ing out of cross coun­try sea­son, I re­ally have not had to en­dure a lot of hard work­outs or prac- tices,” said Imhof, who opted for Navy over Air Force af­ter see­ing how much more an­i­mated the Mid­ship­men fans re­act dur­ing home foot­ball games. “My long term goal, re­ally, is just to be ready for the long events of the out­door sea­son. I’m just try­ing to pace my­self right now and try­ing to stay healthy and in­jury-free.”

Calvert se­nior Lau­ren Miller, who played soc­cer for the Cava­liers in the fall, pulled away from the younger Imhof to take the 1,600 (5:46.91), with Sta-

ats third and Calvert run­ners Kayla Bren­nan and Emily Mutch­ler fin­ish­ing fourth and sev­enth, re­spec­tively. It was a good start to the in­door sea­son for Miller, who is al­ready eye­ing the out­door sea- son in the spring.

“Hav­ing just fin­ished soc­cer sea­son, I’m used to do­ing a lot of run­ning,” Miller said. “It’s al­ways an ad­just­ment run­ning in­doors the first time. I like com­ing up here for home meets. I’ve got­ten used to it. I’m hop­ing to maybe break 5:30 for the mile [1,600] and then fo­cus on the dis­tance events in the out­door sea­son. We have a lot of good com­pe­ti­tion in the SMAC.”

On the boys side, Hunt­ing­town got a pair of vic- tories from se­nior Colin Flynn, who missed the lat­ter part of the cross coun­try sea­son af­ter need­ing an emer­gency ap­pen­dec­tomy. Flynn cap­tured the 800 (2:08.99) by nearly three sec­onds over se­nior team­mate Ai­dan Baird and took the 1,600 (4:49.06) by more than a full sec­ond over Patux­ent ju­nior Bren­dan Jones.

An­other sea­soned cross coun­try per­former, West­lake ju­nior Jay Hall, eas­ily cap­tured the 3,200 (9:49.28) over Hunt­ing­town ju­nior Ben Rus­sell, with Jones edg­ing North­ern’s Shayne Lan­ders for third and West­lake’s Jett Hall nar­rowly de­feat­ing North­ern’s Jack Lehn- hardt and Pa­trick Ervin for fifth with that trio sep­a­rated by less than a sec- ond.

North Point ju­nior Markus Bryant placed sec­ond over­all in the 500 (1:14.71), 26 one-hun- dredths sec­ond be­hind La Plata fresh­man Stephen Cobb. Bryant, who plans to at­tend ei­ther Johns Hop­kins Uni­ver­sity or UCLA, fin­ished third in the 800 (2:13.10).

“The first in­door meet is al­ways tough,” Bryant said. “I was re­ally hop­ing to break 1:08 in the 500 and I’m hop­ing to go 2:10 in the 800. I would like to do well at SMAC and re­gion­als and qual­ify for states. I want to win all of those events, but I guess that’s ev­ery­one’s goal.”

La Plata se­nior Noah Var­nell, an­other vet­eran cross coun­try run­ner, led through­out the early stag- es of the 800 split won by Flynn (2:08.99) and would even­tu­ally place sev­enth over­all (2:20.21). Var­nell, who ran cross coun­try all four sea­sons at La Plata and plans to run in­doors and out­doors for four years, is look­ing ahead to the re­main­der of the in­door sched­ule.

“I felt pretty good through the early part of the race,” said Var­nell, who plans to at­tend the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land next fall and ma­jor in ag- ri­cul­tural science. “I just got tired at the end. Go­ing from cross coun­try to in­doors is tough. You get warmer ear­lier in­doors and you get tired quicker.”

Hunt­ing­town se­nior Har­leigh White won the 300 (42.32) and the long jump (15 feet 6 3/4 inches). Lackey se­niors Lau­ryn Young (32-10) and Jor­dyn Hawkins (31-2) fin­ished first and sec­ond in the triple jump, while Charg­ers se­niors Court­ney Hawkins (36-9) and Elysse John­son (30-5) fin­ished first and sec­ond in the shot put.

Among the boys in field events, McDonough ju­nior Avaugh Hol­ley won the high jump (6-0), Great Mills se­nior Savion Chisholm took the long jump (19-1 1/2), Hunt­ing­town se­nior Adam Kinder cap­tured the triple jump (42-2) and fel­low Hur­ri­canes se­nior Christo­pher Alexy won the shot put (50-5).

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